Yordi Castellanos is a boy of about 12 years of age who lives in Puerto Cortés, a small peninsula in the north of Honduras, facing the Caribbean Sea. In the San Ramón community, Yordi is celebrating after the inauguration of a multisport facility that will change the lives of the residents, especially children and youth.
“I couldn’t wait for it to be finished, and I’m happy because my favorite sport is soccer; now we won’t have to play in the street. Thank you for thinking of us children,” says Yordi with a grin.
This multisport facility is only one of many constructions and infrastructure works in the poorest areas of several Honduran municipalities that are part of the Barrio-Ciudad Project, implemented by the Honduran Social Investment Fund and cofinanced by the World Bank.
Fifteen neighborhoods in the municipalities of Choloma, El Progreso, Siguatepeque, Puerto Cortés, Comayagua, Danlí, Villanueva, and Santa Rosa de Copán are seeing major changes: houses with access to potable water and sewer systems, ditches for rainwater, public lighting, paved access roads, steps on the slopes, building of recreation and sports facilities, and cleaning of streets and open spaces.
In addition, more than 600 community development leaders have been trained and hundreds of other young people and residents have received training in environmental management and violence prevention.
“With this sort of project we can also contribute to the country’s vision plan, which is to reduce social conflicts, especially by developing opportunities for co-existence, social cohesion with young people and leaders,” says Zunilda Martell, coordinator of the Barrio-Ciudad project.